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Publisher's Summary

Powerful character arcs create powerful stories.

Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters - but it just isn't grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It's time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs. Internationally published, award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write.

By applying the foundation of the three-act story structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.

This comprehensive book will teach you:

  • How to determine which arc - positive, negative, or flat - is right for your character.
  • Why you should never pit plot against character. Instead, learn how to blend story structure and character development.
  • How to recognize and avoid the worst pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs.
  • How to hack the secret to using overarching character arcs to create amazing trilogies and series.
  • And much more!

Gaining an understanding of how to write character arcs is a game-changing moment in any author's pursuit of the craft.

Bring your characters to unforgettable and realistic life - and take your stories from good to great!

©2016 K.M. Weiland (P)2017 K.M. Weiland

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Character Arc Perfection!

If you could sum up Creating Character Arcs in three words, what would they be?

Character analysis mastery!

What other book might you compare Creating Character Arcs to and why?

There are dozens of books on character building, but this book shows how your character faces the challenges in your story.

Have you listened to any of Sonja Field’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I heard the voice of Sonja Field.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

This book equipped me with the tools necessary to help my characters fulfill their purpose in my novels.

Any additional comments?

Before you publish your novel, read this book!

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Best writing book I've read.

I'm so thankful for this book. The information was clear and understandable, there were a lot of examples and I loved the question at the end of each chapter. They made me think as I was listening and ultimately saved my novel from the trash folder (figuratively, I'd never actually toss it out permanently.)
There is a lot of repeated information from Structuring Your Novel, but I read this one first, and now that I have read that one I think this is ultimately the better book. I can't wait until the workbook is released.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Look no further wannabe writers.

This and Weiland's book on story structure have been the most useful tools on writing I have yet to find.

Weiland lays it out clear as day. Knowing how to structure my story and characters has given me loads more confidence regardless if I am outlining or discovery writing.

I'm a beginner writer so I am unsure how useful this particular book would be to the more experienced. If anything I would recommend Weiland's books on story structure if one had to pick between the two.

Sonja Field does a great job with the narration and it feels like your hearing it read straight from the author.

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Great content

Sometimes I feel like I'm listening to an automated voice the way she reads.

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Overly formulaic

While there were some good ideas and some good advice in this book, the points that were made and many of the examples seemed contrived.

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A great book for Writer's of all genre's and levels of experience

This book is a great listen for any Writer who wants to improve their craft.

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awesome listen.

very helpful much thanks I'll continue to listen for a better understand of story. awesome listen

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Extremely helpful!

Author KM Weiland has a way of distilling the art of storytelling down to the essentials in easily digestible bits. Any writer will benefit from the advice and structure presented in this guide.

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  • Cliff
  • RED BANK, NJ, United States
  • 08-12-17

Let's All Use Formulas From Marvel and Pixar?

When Welland goes to examples from such drivel as Marvel's The Mighty Thor and Pixar's Cars, it seems like a how-to-book for future pop culture creators or young studio execs who need to keep busy giving notes. Is the bar really this low?

What of Bogart's Rick in Casablanca? What about Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovic? Dustin Hoffman in the Graduate? There are hundreds of great examples from brilliant films, let's start at the top and work our way down to the kiddie section.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Stop. Stop Now!

Would you try another book from K.M. Weiland and/or Sonja Field?

Never

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything else

Would you be willing to try another one of Sonja Field’s performances?

Possibly

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Creating Character Arcs?

All of them

Any additional comments?

This is a book for hacks, not for writers looking to pursue a serious expansion of their skills or craft. It is a base level, bullet point list of formulaic approaches to writing. If you want to write commercial fiction to sell in grocery store magazine racks, or are just starting out and don't know what a character arc is, this is a good place to start. If you understand the concepts of plot, character, and story structure, this title has nothing to offer you other than aggravation.

7 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Frank Daly
  • 04-20-17

Disappointed

I was disappointed with this book and felt that it was covering the same points used in some of her other books. I chose to get an audio version of this book too, I felt the reading performance was below par for two reasons: 1. it was read much too fast, 2. it didn't feel like the reader had engaged with the factual content, and was just reading it to get through it, not to communicate with the listener. I've abandoned this audio book at 30% as I can't spend another 3 hours listening to this reader. I will probably dip into the kindle book for the rest of the content.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful